This Unit receives thousands of court orders directing
the Sheriff to evict people from their residential or commercial property or to
seize items of personal property to satisfy delinquent debt.
How the eviction process works:
To safeguard the Landlord and the Tenant a legal process has
been established when it becomes necessary for an eviction. The
following is a brief step-by-step procedure:
The Landlord sends a Certified or hand delivered letter to
the delinquent Renter. The letter should state "Back payment should
be received within seven (7) days."
Where Do I Start?
If the rent is not paid the Landlord can go to Civil District Small Claims Dept. at
600 W. Jefferson St. room 3012, 595-4475 and file for eviction.
There is a small filing fee.
A court date is set and the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office will
mail and hand deliver an eviction notice. (Writ of Forcible
If the Renter is not located the eviction notice will be posted on
the front door of the house or apartment.
If the Landlord wins an Eviction Judgment in Court,
The Renter has seven (7) days to appeal. The Renter can ask for a
Hearing or a trial. If the Renter has not appealed the judgment, but
still does not vacate: The Landlord must return to Small Claims
Court and ask for a Warrant of Possession to get the property back.